National group protests male circumcision in Grand Junction
A national protest against male circumcision took to the streets on Sunday in Grand Junction.
"The Bloodstained Men" could be seen at the intersection of Highway 6 and 50 and Rimrock Avenue with signs and outfits with fake blood on them. Their goal is to educate parents about male circumcision and to advocate against genital cutting of infant boys. The campaign argues that the operation of circumcision is unnecessary and traumatic.
They also argue that circumcision should be a man's choice when they are older and can give verbal consent.
"When you do unnecessary genital surgery to a boy, it is also genital mutilation. It's male genital mutilation. It's just as wrong to do it to a boy as it is to a girl,” says Press Spokesman for Bloodstained Men, Harry Guiremand.
According to the CDC, medically performed male circumcision can reduce the risk of contracting HIV and other STI's in adults.
Grand Junction is one of the stops for the group on their tour of the mountain states. They plan to make their way into Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Utah.